Gov. Rick Scott Declares a Day of Prayer, Then Says He Didn't

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Rick Scott: Now I said it, now I didn't
Gov. Rick Perry Jr. Rick Scott sure has been providing a lot of "charades of the day" recently, including today -- after the governor signed a declaration for a day of prayer, he then proceeded to say that he didn't.

Out in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry decided to hold an event called "The Response" -- which we will refer to as "Jesusfest '11" -- inviting the other 49 governors across the country to join them at a football stadium with more than 70,000 other people to pray for the day.

Then the anti-gay Family Research Council blogged that Gov. Scott would make his own day of prayer in Florida.

Our compadres to the south, Miami New Times, called Gov. Scott's office just to make sure that the governor had signed off on Florida's own Jesusfest:

Update 2:54 p.m.: Rick Scott spokesman Lane Wright said there's no day of prayer and no Florida event planned, and that Scott has not committed either way to the Texas event.

Update 7:22 p.m.: Welp, Wright was wrong. He called back and said the governor actually issued a proclamation last month declaring a day of prayer for the state. More details to come.
Then Wright emailed us, and decided to tell us another set of facts.

Now he says the governor didn't declare a day of prayer at all.

"He is simply extending 'greetings and best wishes to all observing August 6 as a day of prayer for our nation,'" he writes.

The proclamation the governor signed is titled "Day Of Prayer For Our Nation" and includes the request: "On August 6, 2011, I encourage all citizens to pray so we may receive God-given direction, strength and wisdom, and ask that God bestow his blessing on our lives, our state, and our nation."

Here's what we know for sure: On August 6, there may or may not be prayer, it may or may not be held in Florida and/or Texas, and you may or may not have the governor's blessing to do so.

We've got a new campaign slogan for Gov. Scott he can use: "Gov. Rick Scott -- always looking at all three sides of his story."


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Altered_States
Altered_States

There is a new form of "Christianity" that is emerging from within the Republican and Tea Party.  But, it is a perverted form of "Christianity".  Just because someone SAYS they are Christian doesn't mean that they actually are.  But, here is the test.   Mat. 7:21-23"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity".

So shall it be with the wicked.  Rick Scott should take heed before it is too late for him!!

P.S. Is there anyway for someone to hand deliver this message to Rick Scott?  Because, he will be on the "Highway to Hell" if he doesn't repent of all his evil deeds, such as lying and hypocrisy.

Kathy
Kathy

When will the New Times make a public records request of exactly what it was that the governor signed?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Are you informing us you are an idiot and you didn't vote for that other idiot?

Donna Bird
Donna Bird

from day 1 this man has not  been religous, so why should he make any one else happy and satisfied the needs of the america people. if any one thinks this man is a presidential candidate needs to see more than a psyhcartist.  Even his mother is tired of lying about her "good boy" who happens to have the lowest poll rates in the US, lower than the president in his first 6 months

Seth Quetzecotl
Seth Quetzecotl

Our governor is as stupid as he is incompetent. What is the affect of homosexuality on the family? How much research do you need to find out and write down: lack of children. The fact that my tax dollars go into this bullshit infuriates me. Where's my democracy? In a shallow grave outside Reno, is where. We need a revolution, and I'm sure Thomas Jefferson agrees with me.

Rose-Marie Chaperon
Rose-Marie Chaperon

I am not sure why it is such a big deal, the guy wanted to pray for all of his indescretions, then decided to change his mind. After all he is allowed to say no! In the court of law no means no... LOL - Stupid is as stupid does.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

It is near impossible to debate someone who think in "bumper sticker slogans" -- as if all of life can be distilled down to a few simple words.

Wait, on second thought, maybe there is something to this.

Hey Christine, eat shit and bark at the moon.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Augusta: in the 2008 Presidential election, 78 of the highest educated counties in the U.S. voted for Barack Obama, while 88 of the lowest educated counties in the U.S. voted for John McCain. This was reported by the National Law Jounral.

That statement about Republicans being "more successful" than democrats is not only unsupported rhetoric, it borders on douchebaggery.

On second thought, and after further review, that statement is not even borderline. That is clear douchebaggery on so many different levels.

Reality
Reality

>> Yup that is why Republicans are financially more successful than Democrats...

In my life, I have a few amazing friends who are bright as can be, an asset to society, and someone you would like to have as friends.   They are, however, always piss poor broke...   At times, barely make rent.

As you seem to equate the intrinsic value of a person to the size of one's checkbook, allow me to remind everyone that Scott Rothstein is a registered Republican.

UcnU
UcnU

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott is nothing but a Hitler Nazi. The third reich scott state in moving across Florida.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

MC wrote:  $73 million in brainwashing and revisionist history goes a long way.

Nah.  Stupid just is.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Trust me, even Republicans didn't vote for this disaster...blame it on the Tea Party movement!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Hey toss in the Bible Reading Rapist and the Gay Hating West Staffer and we gots ourselves the making of the GOP Convention.

Gator
Gator

Who voted for this idiot?

Altered_States
Altered_States

The Republicans you speak of are the knuckle-dragging, gun-toting, beer-swilling, rednecks, who don't know the time of day and believe everything they are told by their favorite Republican politician, including, it was worth it invade Iraq just to get Saddam Hussein - even if there weren't and WMD's.  Go figure.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Education does not equal intelligence,nor does it equate with financial success.

Altered_States
Altered_States

The Tea Party people are fools who vote against their own self interest and don't even know it...yet. 

If the U.S. House (with their newly elected Tea Party idiots) get their way, they will bring this country down.  But, I think Wall Street is going to beat them to it - unless they are somehow stopped.

Guest
Guest

Hey, don't try to disassociate from the tea party. We Dems don't want them!

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Scott received just under 50% of the vote.  Half of Florida's voters aren't in the Tea Party, honey.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Bullshit. The tea baggers could not have elected Scott by themselves.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Clearly this document represents a vast right-wing conspiracy by the media.

Errr....

Never mind.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Matt;

I am far from an "angel" -- pardon the pun, but I am not a hypocrite. I am a self-admitted asshole. I don't cheat on my husband, perpetuate a lie about being a certified mental health doctor, and act so fucking creepy it makes another's skin crawl in utter revulsion.

***

Religious folks first told us it was the Word of God. Then along came carbon-dating. Then it was well only certain stories in the bible were to be followed -- trying to beat back the problem of rape, murder, incest, and bestiality.

Sorry, you can't have it both ways. Either it's the Word of Gawd or it's not.

Now we're ignorant because we apply a literal interpetation to their "good book."

Okay. I won't literally rape your daughter, I will only figuratively rape her. How very Clintonian of the GOP.

***

Much, if not most, of the Bible is arguably fiction. Quit being so intellectually dishonest, Christians - this is the twenty-first century. That means the burden of proof is on YOU. If you make a claim about the universe, it is up to you to prove it is true, not the other way around. It is not up to us, the rest of the world, to prove your claims false - that is not scientific thinking, that is anti-scientific thinking.

Because I am a man of my times, and believe in correcting ignorance, what I am doing here is out of courtesy to YOU, just as if I were to argue publicly that there is a Flying Spaghetti Monster orbiting Venus preparing to blow up Planet Earth, one of you would probably, out of simple human decency attempt to correct me and point me towards the truth. This is my way of doing that.

Now, back to the Bible being fiction... that part's easy. Find me a snake with vocal chords, water that is dense enough for a human being to walk on, or a chemical process that converts complex carbohydrates to fish. Until then, you're out of luck, sucker. The evidence wins, and the evidence sides with me. These are invented stories... fictional dramas meant to impart some moral lesson. They are not real.

- Best of Craiglisthttp://www.craigslist.org/abou...

***

In the end, it's down to a book that now only partially to be read and grossly filtered to fit the needs of the day, personal experience, and faith.

Personal experience? I once took too much acid and spoke to pink elephants. You don't see me butt-fucking little boys over that. The Liverpool strangler noted that "Jesus spoke to him quite frequently."

Leaving us with just faith. Just faith. No evidence, other than gawd works in mysterious ways -- an individual that hates folks who are gay, dogs, and liberals and allows children to be abused by those in "his house."

I suggest ya'all find a make-believe friend who has a lot less mental health issues -- or if you feel the need to continue with this troubled individual, ask Dr. Augusta for her advice -- she plays a doctor in her mind.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

There's another bright comment. "Education does not equal intelligence". What does then, watching Glen Beck and Bill O'Reilly? Or, maybe reading and believing a 2,000 year old book of fairytales equals intelligence.

Duh

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Ug 480 dude, re- read my post. I am saying MORE than just the Tea Party was behind his election victory.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Model, how do you know how many "closet" Tea Party members there are???

Guest
Guest

25 % were drunk

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Okay Model, then who? Cuz I sure as hell didn't and I am about as red as you can get....

Anon
Anon

The GOP is more likely to have picked up a bible instead of a math book.

Guest
Guest

They breed quick.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Apparently Scott was more attractive than Sink to  the voting populce.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Hahaahahahah,,,,  Aisle 6 at your local Publix.

In a very odd twist of fate, I once wrote the software that controlled the machines that made aluminum foil.   Way back in the day.   For those keeping score at home, it was all about fast-Fourier transforms.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

How do I donate to the Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie fund?

Altered_States
Altered_States

Pardon me for overlooking your post (you posted two days ago).

It's true that much of what is in the Bible is superfluous, especially, the Old Testament.  In fact, I think most of the Old Testament is nothing more than a very small nation (Israel) trying to self-aggrandize itself into a place of prominence in world history.

However, there is a lot of wisdom in Proverbs and Psalms and a few other O.T. books.

But, where scholars go wrong is when they try to interpret the stories in the O.T. as Literal instead of as an Allegory - in which they were originally indented to be understood.

Example: The story about Noah and the Ark. Never happened, Allegory.  Adam and Eve. Never happened that way, Allegory.  Jonah and the Whale, another allegory.  In fact most of the stories, if not, all of the stories are allegories that are meant to teach about a lesson in life and the dangers therein.

Why do I say they are allegories?  Because they were written by Asians.  The so called "Middle East" was NOT the Middle East when the O.T. was written.  It was "The East", if you will, with nothing else to compare it with.  The "West" was the Roman Empire, that only went as far as what is now called, Great Britain.

The modern West interpreted the Scriptures in a literal sense while the East tends to interpret Scripture in an allegorical sense.  That's why Jesus spoke in allegories, parables and in general folklore.  That's the way people in his day thought, wrote and spoke.  It was generally assumed that everyone would do the same thing.  As in the West today, we tend to take things literally.  That's just the way it is - for us. 

But, confusion reigns when we try to switch interpretations.  That is also why we don't understand the Bible as we should.  And, to think any other way leaves someone like me open for accusations of being a "blasphemer", a hieratic, or, an enemy of the Gospel.  I'd rather be called all those names than to believe in all the distorted "facts" about the "young Earth theory" and that Jesus used to ride dinosaurs. 

Take a look at this video (if you can without getting a headache before you see all three parts) and see how parts of the complete geological story are left out to "prove" their point that the Earth is LESS THAN SIX THOUSAND YEARS OLD!!!

http://www.answersingenesis.or...

Then, (if you are still willing to suffer through this) try to figure out how Noah found room for over ten million air breathing animals on a boat like the one pictured and kept them there - alive - for about TEN MONTHS!!

http://arkencounter.com/?utm_s...utm_content=Coming2014&utm_campaign=ArkEncounter

My point in all this is, "Christian politicians" expect you and I to throw out our brains and all knowledge of all higher learning and want us to "trust them" with our very lives (including our children's lives), just because they are Christians and "know better".

Anyone with a fair amount of critical thinking ability can see that Christian politicians are nothing more than "barkers" at a carnival.  And, like "barkers" all they want to do is fool you and trick you out of your money.

Reject them as you would a three dollar bill.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Virgil,I am sorry I do not agree with your "hate the world evryone is an idiot mentality". But hey, if it makes you happy....

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Virgil, We see life so damn differently. Do we even live in the same reality?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Teabaggers haven't left the GOP. They are just your most far right douchebags. One thing is for certain.

They aren't progressives and they don't vote for Democrats.

They are the assholes who never objected to the national debt-- even after Bush and the GOP ran it up in 6 years-- until the black guy with the funny name was elected.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Virgil baby sweetheart, "Teabaggers" as you call them, left the Republican party a long time ago. I know it is a challenge for you, but please Reality is calling...answer the phone.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Another intelligent statement. In a state with millions of voters, your survey of one Republican is quite relevant.

Teabaggers are Republicans, (and douchebags) and anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Yup that is why Republicans are financially more successful than Democrats...

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Donna, Since Rick Scott has an approval rating of 29% according to the latest poll, I , and a helluva lot of other Floridians  deeply regret that as well.

Donna Bird
Donna Bird

it was only less than 1%, something she regrets not asking for a recount or waiting one more day for the all the final absentee to be counted in.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

$73 million in brainwashing and revisionist history goes a long way.

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